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WISE Ventures' Executive Director Carol Muller

WISE Ventures' Executive Director Carol Muller

Founding Executive Director

Carol B. Muller, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Wise Ventures
Stanford University

As Executive Director of Wise Ventures, Carol Muller joined with individuals and organizations at Stanford to amplify the impact of programs, research, and other projects to advance equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and works collaboratively to enhance existing and establish new initiatives to meet needs aligned with this mission for Stanford University. She also has provided executive support for Stanford’s Faculty Women’s Forum and served as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

Coupling leadership experience across a wide range of responsibilities in higher education with entrepreneurial skills honed through her work in engineering education, she founded MentorNet in 1997, a nonprofit online global mentoring network supporting diversity in science and engineering, serving as its chief executive until 2008. Her prior work includes service as consulting professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University, as associate dean for administration at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College (where she co-founded the Dartmouth Women in Science Project and the Dartmouth Project for Teaching Engineering Problem-Solving), and as department manager for Stanford’s Electrical Engineering department. 

A Fellow of the Association for Women in Science, her work has been recognized with national awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, and the Anita Borg Social Impact Award. She has authored and presented numerous papers, presentations, and workshops, and has created projects, programs, and fellowships developed with funding from private foundations, corporations, and the federal government, contracts, and individuals. She earned a bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in education administration and policy analysis at Stanford University.

Founding Advisors

Karen S. Cook
(Previous) Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor (Sociology)
Stanford University

Patricia J. Gumport
(Previous) Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, and Professor of Education
Stanford University  

Other Senior Advisors

Shelley J. Correll
Barbara D. Finberg Director, (previousl) Clayman Institute for Gender Research and Professor of Sociology and, by courtesy, of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business
Stanford University